Let’s face it — sexual misconduct is nothing new, but since the numerous accusations against Harvey Weinstein, it seems the metaphorical floodgates have opened. The #MeToo movement has been as powerful as it has been overwhelming for some survivors; while it brings about a feeling of solidarity, at the same time it can often feel like the whole world is a trigger. Many men have been supportive in the last few months, though others are wondering if it’s a “witch-hunt” that will leave us with no good (and morally sound) media left to enjoy. Well, a new project called Rotten Apples is here to help ease that worry, as they’ve made it super easy to check and see if a TV show or movie you want to watch is affiliated with anyone who has been accused of sexual misconduct.
When you visit the website, you’ll be greeted with a search bar. You type in the name of any TV show or movie you want to check and you’ll instantly be told whether the project has “fresh” or “rotten” apples on the team. According to the site, “In the case of this website, the ‘person’ is defined as a cast-member, screenwriter, executive producer or director.” They also say, “By no means is this site meant to serve as a condemnation of an entire project.” It’s just meant to inform potential viewers. If a TV show or movie does have “rotten apples” affiliated with it, each name is linked to an article about their alleged sexual misconduct, and if you wish to inform Rotten Apples of a new incident, you can click the link on the project page to update the site. On the information page, Rotten Apples writes, “The goal of this site is to further drive awareness of just how pervasive sexual misconduct in film and television is and to help make ethical media consumption easier.” That’s definitely a worthy goal. We’ve reached out to the team for more information about the inspiration behind the project and will update this page if we hear back.
This article first appeared on Allure.